F4U Corsair Wooden Model Airplane

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Project by JohnMcClure posted 10-17-2016 01:51 PM 1157 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 2-year-old is obsessed with airplanes. His favorite is the F4U Corsair, easily recognizable by its inverted-gull-wing front view.
I made him a wooden biplane months ago, and he loves it .
I started the Corsair by printing out the overhead and front views, then scroll-sawing 2 thicknesses of 3/4 pine for the fuselage and 3 for the wing. I glued these up and then worked on acheiving the final shape, including whittling, roundover, and committing numerous safety violations on the tablesaw.

I cut out a notch in the bottom of the fuselage to accept the wing, and a saw kerf in the rear to accept the vertical stabilizer. A challenge was installing landing gear – to be a fun toy, it’s gotta have wheels! I have no chisel, nor have I ever used one, but I sharpened up a spare screwdriver and went to town making mortises for wheel struts. The second mortise was surprisingly nice-looking, so it is pictured here.

Overall, there are enough differences from the corsair blueprint, not to mention nicks and character marks, that a model enthusiast wouldn’t like this. And of course the paint job left out lots of details. But my boy loves it!
And he got to watch me make it, and help me paint it.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#1 posted 10-17-2016 04:47 PM

Nice work. Great to build things for your children. I have built flying models of this airplane. I put this on the wall in my workshop. Your child would love this I bet.
Yes this is a ceiling fan mounted to the wall.

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#2 posted 10-17-2016 06:18 PM

For sure your 2year old will cherish this piece of work forever…...there is no doubt “You Did Yourself Proud”......I can just imagine how happy you made your 2 year old with this when he got it….thanks for sharing

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#3 posted 10-18-2016 08:20 AM

Every boy’s dream. Nicely coloured.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 10-18-2016 10:57 AM

Really cool looking. Boys and there toys start early!

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 10-18-2016 10:42 PM

The Corsair was also my favorite plane as a young boy- likely because of the Pappy Boyington TV show “Ba Ba Black Sheep”.

How cool is it that a youngster this age likes WWII aircraft & he was by your side during the build.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#6 posted 10-19-2016 10:47 PM

G’Day John, A model enthusiastic might not like the plane BUT a wooden toy maker who loves giving children beautiful hand made wooden toys to play with, having hours of fun does, sir…Top Job….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#7 posted 10-20-2016 02:30 PM

Well done

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#8 posted 06-03-2017 10:49 AM

You really did a nice job on this airplane. It’s a real eye catcher but sturdy enough for the kids to play with and admire.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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